This is the proposed "official" invitation letter to other projects, in accordance with the new mission of Metagovernment as a meta-organization.
Dear _______ Project,
I am writing on behalf of nine collaborative governance projects along with other individuals interested in open, internet-based democracy.
We are working to increase the level of communication and collaboration among similar projects.
In doing this, we hope:
- To benefit from synergy among the projects.
- To foster open discussion and idea-sharing.
- To avoid competition for users (voters) among us. Because this would unnecessarily slow down the e-democracy-movement as a whole. Therefore we think it is desirable to begin to define an "open source governance standard", in order to exchange user data between all of our projects.
- To agree on common technical standards, so our tools and systems can intercommunicate and inter-operate. We see the existence of multiple projects as the existence of different approaches to find the yet unknown solution to the 'creation of an open source governance system' for a healthier society. A mix of competition and cooperation seems the best strategy for answering this problem.
We believe a meta-organization would serve as a step toward this goal. We would like to invite you to join with us in building this meta-organization.
Metagovernment has long been the platform for our communication, and is in the process of transforming into a coordinating group for our various projects.
If you would like to join us, please join our list server at http://metagovernment.org/wiki/Startup and let us know.
the individual members of the Metagovernment project